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John "3C" Casterline
Begins: Apr 28, 2011
Date: Wed, Aug 8th, 2018
Daily Distance: 8
Trip Distance: 2,413.8
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The trail was steep and rocky, the heavy summer snow was blown wildly by the gale force winds reducing visibility to zero. The sun shown brightly cooking everything in sight. I had a serious hitch in my “getalong” from the rattle snake bite. Everyone on the trail loved me.
Well the good news is that I reached my first day goal of hiking 8 miles to Ridge Lake and that was triple the distance I did last year. That was all I had planned for today. The bad news, what a price I had to pay.
I really thought my increased exercise program would make a difference and I would become ONE with UP. What A silly boy. Those hills ate me up and spit me out. My original ETA was 12 noon and I was hoping to hike an extra 4 miles at least. Then I slid the ETA to
1pm and then 2 pm and then 3 pm and I finally arrived crawling and dragging at 4:30. I didn’t even average 1 mph.
Additionally, just to get to the lake, I gave away about 4 lbs of food to lighten the backpack and it didn’t help. I stopped in the shade for about 30 seconds every 50 paces and that soon became 30 paces. It didn’t help. I stopped in the shade every 20-30 mins to rest for 5 - 10 minutes. IT DIDN,T HELP. During one rest period the cramps made a visit. Then the sun came out nice and hot. I can’t think of another time when I have had so much fun. Oh, did I forget to mention the double nosebleed!?
I am heading back to my starting point (Snowqualmie Pass) and will now activate plan B which does not involve hiking. Maybe age does make a difference! Well like, YEAH.
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